The virtual object, which is actually a computer file, can be exchanged or sold with its certificate.
NFTs have become popular in the past six months, as wealthy collectors turn to the digital market during the pandemic.
Earlier this month, a digital collage by American artist Beeple sold for $69.3 million (roughly Rs. 504 crores) at Christie’s, setting a new record for an NFT.
“Why can’t a journalist join the NFT party, too?” asked Roose in his column.
At the end of the 24-hour auction, a collector calling himself Farzin won the article with 350 Ethereum, a major cryptocurrency, worth $563,000 (roughly Rs. 4 crore).
“Fully just staring at my monitor laughing uncontrollably,” Roose, a tech columnist, wrote on Twitter after the sale.
Roose had indicated that the proceeds, after the 15 percent fee deducted by the Foundation platform on which the auction was organised, would go to charities supported by The New York Times.